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London Cocktail Week: the highlights

Here’s our picks of the best bits from London Cocktail Week so you can concentrate on the drinking

By Laura Richards
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London Cocktail Week is back! From October 4, the capital’s best bars, mixologists and drinks vendors will open their doors or take up home in the Cocktail Village at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, giving you the chance to try some of the finest potions, tipples and cocktails in London

All you need to take advantage of this ten-day celebration (October 4-13) is to purchase a £10 festival pass and download the DrinkUp.London app to activate it. Yes, it’s longer than a week, but what better way to celebrate the event’s tenth birthday? A pass gives you access to £6 drink deals at participating bars as well as entry to the Village.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the choice of things to do during London Cocktail Week, fear not. Below we’ve highlighted our pick of satellite events, as well as plucking out a few of our favourite London bars participating in this year’s activities. Cheers! 

The best events during LCW

Katana Kitten New York
Katana Kitten New York
Photograph: Matt Taylor Gross

The best bars from around the world are popping up in London

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Some of the best bars from all over the world will be popping up in London. From New York’s hot new properties Katana Kitten and Mister Paradise to Mexico City’s Licorería Limantour, mixologists from these esteemed establishments have devised signature cocktails for your drinking pleasure. Read on to find the best pop-up bars from around the world that you need to visit during London Cocktail Week. 

An enormous ‘cocktail village’ is coming to Shoreditch

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We know what you're thinking. Another pop-up in Shoreditch? Gimme a break. But does your average pop-up have a dedicated Porn Star Martini Bar or a scorching hot tropical paradise with VR headsets and real sand? Thought not. The boozehounds behind London Cocktail Week are bringing their epic Cocktail Village back to the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane – and with it being its tenth birthday this year, it’s going all out.

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Meet pygmy goats at London’s gin martini townhouse

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For London Cocktail Week, Hendrick’s gin will be bringing back their Gin Tini Martini Townhouse, a celebration of all things teeny-weeny. That means ‘micro pianists’, a pygmy petting zoo and, yes, the chance to cuddle some adorable little therapy goats. What’s more, there’ll be takeovers by some of the world’s biggest bars, with NYC’s Nomad Bar going up against Singapore’s Manhattan Bar on the Friday, Barcelona’s Two Schmucks versus Amsterdam's Super Lyan on the Saturday, and a head-to-head between Little Red Door from Paris and Panda & Sons from Edinburgh on the Sunday. 

Our favourite £6 drink deals at London Cocktail Week

Bar Américain

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Soho

The art deco palace is serving six quid Penicillins (Scotch, lemon, honey, ginger).

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Bloomsbury Club Bar

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Bloomsbury

Fancy a Strawberry Old Fashioned? Of course you do. Especially when it’s served in this gorgeous setting.

Venue says A secret haven for the approaching colder nights, open from 5pm every day!

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Blind Pig

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Soho

The playful restaurant-bar is serving a chocolate-flavoured concoction.

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Every Cloud

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Hackney

Don’t miss the chocolate cereal milk punch being poured at the fun Hackney hangout.

Fam

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Marylebone

Vodka, fennel, soda: boom! Fam always gets it right.

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Funkidory

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Peckham

Peach Please is on the menu, a vanilla vodka and peach combo.

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Hacha

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Mezcalerias Dalston

Say ‘hola’ to the Smoked Chilli and Chocolate Margarita at this east London ‘agaveria’.

Heads + Tails

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars West Hampstead

Come over all classy with a Gimlet at Heads + Tails.

Venue says Now delivering pre-batched cocktails! We've a fantastic range of drink-at-home cocktails ready for same-day delivery (locally) & nationwide

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Homeboy

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Islington

Try the Bananasauras Rex for size – one for the sweettooths. 

Kwãnt

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Mayfair

Enjoy a souped-up G&T at the Mayfair’s most ‘Casablanca’ hangout.

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Little Mercies

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Crouch End and Hornsey

One of London’s best cocktails is on offer for £6 – melt away with a White Chocolate Old Fashioned at Little Mercies. 

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Lyaness
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Lyaness

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars South Bank

One of the top bars in the capital serving £6 cocktail is an opportunity not to be sniffed at – grab a Circle Fizz while you can.

Venue says Lyaness is launching Fancy Tea, a tongue-in-cheek take on a high-end 80s dinner party with a bold Lyan twist & cocktails created by the team

The Mulwray

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Chinatown

Get cosy up at the Mulwray with a thyme-infused gin tipple.

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Nine Lives

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Borough and London Bridge

Come over all tropical at Nine Lives, where they’ll be shaking up a Strangely Sour.

Venue says Our main doors may be closed until August, but the fun will be spilling out onto the cobbles with our new outdoor offering, Nine Lives Alley

Redemption

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Vegan Notting Hill

You can still enjoy LCW while off the sauce. Over in Notting Hill this sober bar is serving a Dry 75.

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Satan’s Whiskers

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Bethnal Green

It’s always party time at Satan’s Whiskers – but especially during London Cocktail Week, when they’re serving £6 daiquiris.

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The Sun Tavern

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Pubs Bethnal Green

Order a round of Meady Bitches at this rockin’ cocktail spot in Bethnal Green.

Supermax

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars King’s Cross

Disco drinks are the order of the day at King’s Cross spot Supermax. Get involved with a Mocha Manhattan. 

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Tayēr + Elementary

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Old Street

This clever bar is serving highballs with their very own liqueur range at their core. Good luck sticking to just the one.

Find more amazing cocktails in London

50 best cocktail bars in London, promo, high water
50 best cocktail bars in London, promo, high water
© Victor Frankowski

The 50 best cocktail bars in London

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So many cocktails, so little time. So just stick to the best cocktail bars in London by using our ranked list below. You'll find everything from dark and dirty speakeasy joints and secret bars to bold and brash party spots meant for a night out on the tiles. What they all have in common is mixed drinks that will blow your mind – and hopefully not your budget. 

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